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NHL Releases 2013-14 Schedule, Flyers to Play in “Metropolitan Division”

Jul 19, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT


The NHL decided to keep the name Atlantic Division in their realignment. Unfortunately, the Flyers and their main rivals are no longer a part of it.

When the puck drops in Philadelphia on October 2, the Orange & Black will be competing for the Metropolitan Division championship. That’s the name of the new grouping that features the rest of the clubs from the former Atlantic (Rangers, Devils, Isles, and Pens) plus the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Washington Capitals.

Flyers Insider Anthony SanFilippo probably summed up the reaction to the ridiculous name the best:

Anyway, with that business aside, the news on division names was part of a much larger announcement for the NHL’s 2013-14 schedule. As noted above, the Flyers will open the season on October 2 at the Wells Fargo Center versus the Toronto Maple Leafs. The regular season wraps up on April 13. The playoffs begin April 16.

In between, the league will break from February 9 through 25 for the Olympics.

The way the schedule works under realignment, the Flyers will play five games against two division opponents (Pens and Caps), and four against the rest. They’ll meet the remaining teams in the Eastern Conference three times a piece, and two against everyone in the West.

Also of note: training camp opens on September 12, and the Flyers will play their first of seven exhibition games on September 15.

The Flyers’ full schedule can be viewed here. Okay, enough about that. Yay or nay on Metro Division?

  1. bfit70 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    metro division? so its wants to act gay with out actually being gay? awesome name for a hockey division.

    • Matt S. - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Maybe the NHL’s being run by crab people. (wouldn’t doubt it honestly)

      • eric.k - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:33 PM


      • Ha - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        Taste like crabs, talk like people

    • Matt - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Way to be a homophobe.

      • Anonyomus Andy - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        Well, nothing he said was homophobic. I feel the need to correct the stupidity of most people. Being a homophobe is being afraid of gay people. What he said was prejudiced against homos, not in fear of homos. Also, Metropolitan is a gay name.

      • dmc - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        This is a response to Anonyomus Andy (did you mean Anonymous?). It’s odd that you try to correct the stupidity of people by being wrong. Try looking up homophobia sometime:

        1. Fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men.
        2. Behavior based on such a feeling.

  2. apricot1 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Sounds like the title for a horrible cop show.

  3. Matt S. - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    About time NHL..

  4. 33 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I’d say they should just go back to their roots and call it the Patrick Division, but this new name will clearly result in new NHL fans by the thousands.

    • joeb - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:06 AM

      i thought the same thing, or the ‘Patrick Plus’ division

  5. Scott - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Why not call it west, North, east and south division? Not liking having to re-learn which conference every team is in.

  6. Matt S. - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    So the division composed of mostly atlantic coast based teams is the metropolitan? Seems legit.

  7. Adam - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Those division names can’t be real. Only one team in the new “Atlantic” is on the Atlantic. It makes no sense and I have’t seen those new names used anywhere else

    • Andrew Kulp - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      It’s on

  8. Lol - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    I knew the new names would disappoint, but I’d never fathom they’d give the re-use “Atlantic” for a different division.

  9. Scott - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    all makes perfect sense now.


  10. chew - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Definition of METROPOLITAN
    : the primate of an ecclesiastical province
    : one who lives in a metropolis or displays metropolitan manners or customs

    Pittsburgh is not a city.

  11. willh888 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Oh no, we play in the Mets Division

  12. BenE. - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    You didn’t have to tell me the new name of the Flyers’ division for me to know I wouldn’t like it.

  13. OneManWolfpack - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I honestly would rather have them named: A, B, C, and D… this is just dumb

  14. 33 - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    But wait, do we know yet who covers the Flyers for the Daily Planet?

  15. jSams - Jul 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Ten years from now we’ll be lamenting the good ol’ days of the Pacific, Central, Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions when they’re renamed the Wells Fargo Division, the Pepsi Division, the Bud Ice Division, and Viagra Division respectively.

  16. Mike Dusak - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    should have just named the division Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan. Less confusion. He spits hot fire.

  17. DSD - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Why didn’t they just swap Winnipeg and Columbus?


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